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Morning Routine Challenged

mads and mom on easter

Mornings seemed to always come easy in our house. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I’m a morning person. I enjoy getting up before the rest of the house begins to stir and get a jump start on the day, making sure coffee is prepped, vitamins are in a row and there is some form of clean clothes. I tidy up the kitchen and start the dishwasher. I pick up stuffed animals. I...

Lunchtime Chili

quick chili recipe, lunctime chilie

Nursing makes me hangry. HANGRY. No joke. I know some of you can relate. And it can be sometimes frustrating because half the time, I’m craving granola or something slightly sweet and the other half, I need a heavy dose of protein. It makes for interesting meal and snack planning. Anyway, this past week, I was trying to figure out what I was going to have for lunch. The meal needed to be quick but hearty. I needed to be...

4 Ways to Increase Breastmilk Supply

breastfeeding, ways to increase milk supply

This post is a bit different than what I usually share, but I think it’s an important topic. I hope you find it helpful. I wasn’t blessed with a significant milk supply. It sounds so silly, but I work hard to make sure that I’m able to nurse, pump to keep milk in the fridge and pump to freeze. After several weeks, I return to a job outside of the home, and my sweet girl will start daycare. At daycare,...

Maternity Leave, Round Two

Grace | simplygraciousphotography

“How do you spend your time during maternity leave?” I was casually asked this question twice by two women in my life. After I picked up my jaw off the floor and brushed the surprised look off my face, I paused. I started to erase the ignorant assumptions from my mind and prepared my answer. I said, “I take care of Grace.” I rattled off the mundane details that will always encompass my maternity leave: nursing, diaper changes, nursing, diaper...

Cinnamon and Sugar Scones

scones baked into hearts

With a Saturday on the calendar sans plans and a very much pregnant mama walking around, we decided to stay home and do a little tea party with our favorite four year old. We bought a few special things from a favorite local bakery and made {really good} tea sandwiches. I decided we needed just one more thing: scones. How can we have tea without some sort of scone? I realize how silly I sound, especially at 38 weeks pregnant....